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My first ever shot.
Just an attempt to capture the beauty of nature with my Canon

Camera:Canon 1000d
Lens:18-55mm 3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Blue queen
Username:fighterjockey fighterjockey
Uploaded:12 Aug 2009 - 2:42 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants
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kishanm14
kishanm14  5 India
12 Aug 2009 - 3:32 AM

Very nice & cool.

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12 Aug 2009 - 4:51 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Oh my, firstly well done on your first ever image.

Its quite impressive, the composition is pleasing, any closer and the composition would look awkward possibly, the same applies to a wider shot, the flower would then be too small.

The indigo of the flower contrasts nicely with the greens of the leaves.

Now, some might say that you could have focused on the nearest petal to the lens, but i like the point of focus where it is as it shows the lines coming out from the petals on the inside.

The only distraction, and it is a minor one, is the background.

There is an obvious blue hue right behind the flower which fills a lot of the frame. Its just a minor issue and a little play in photoshop can fix this.

All i did in the modification is open your image, press Ctrl+j to duplicate the layer, then select the magic wand to select the baclground with a tolerance of 22, and feathered the selection by 3 pixels, this gives a neater blend and should be adjusted when using bigger images.

I then clicked on Edit>Fill, and selected the black option from the drop down menu in the contents dialog box. Then Shift+Ctrl=E to merge the layers. Job done.

I must add that for a first attempt its a very good one, its vibrant without being too in your face.

Alison H

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fighterjockey
12 Aug 2009 - 5:17 AM

Hi Alison,
Thanks a lot for your feedback. It is feeling great to have got a comment from skilled photographer like you.
The modification also gave me important lesson.
Though its too early for me to play with exposure compensation but I used it, -1.
I am eager to know whether this was a right move or not?
Thanks, once again for your proactive interaction.
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Pranjal

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GDCsparky
GDCsparky  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 6:09 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice first attempt, a little to much background.
Gerrard

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